After the announcement of President Emmanuel Macron, last night, during his speech, the ban on the organization of events, such as festivals or concerts, until “at least mid-July 2020”, the Cannes Festival is forced to review his plans. But there is no question of cancellation at the moment. The Festival team continues to think about other options. The Festival will therefore not be held on the dates envisaged, in this case late June-early July. Recall, moreover, the Cannes Film Festival was originally scheduled to be held from May 12 to 23, 2020 and most of the official selection was to be announced this Thursday, April 16.
In a press release, the Festival indicates reflecting on a “new form” for the 2020 edition and take note that the postponement envisaged at the end of June at the beginning of July for the 73rd edition of the Cannes International Film Festival is no longer possible for this dated”.
The press release continues as follows: “It now seems difficult to think that the Cannes Film Festival could be organized this year in its initial form. However, last night we started numerous consultations in the professional world in France and abroad. They agree on the fact that the Cannes Film Festival, which is an essential instrument for supporting the cinematographic industry, must continue to study all the possibilities allowing the cinema year to be accompanied by bringing Cannes films to life. 2020 in one way or another.
When the health crisis, whose resolution remains the priority of all, will be over, we will have to repeat and demonstrate the importance and the place that the cinema, its works, its artists, its professionals and its rooms and their audiences occupy in our lives . This is what the Cannes Film Festival, its Film Market and the parallel sections (Critics ‘Week, Directors’ Fortnight, ACID) intend to contribute. We are committed and thank all those who are by our side, public officials (Cannes City Hall, Ministry of Culture, CNC), professionals as well as our partners.
Everyone knows that there are still many uncertainties about the international health situation “, the Festival team hopes” to be able to communicate quickly about the forms that this Cannes 2020 could take“.